2017 Homes on Tour

The Parrot House/The Richard Baxter Home

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Circa 1914

701 SW 12th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
Riverside Park

Framed Vernacular

This home has received Historic Designation Status with the city of Fort Lauderdale.

The Parrot House was constructed in 1914 according to the official record reference BD 3920 – Florida, Master Site File.  The home is 103 years old having survived not only all the hurricanes of the past century but also the boom and bust real estate episodes and is today one of the very few remaining historical single family homes over 100 years old in Fort Lauderdale.   The earliest registered owner of the Parrot House was Richard Baxter who was first registered around 1938 and owned the home all the way up to the early 1970’s. Since that time there have been several owners. We have owned the home since 2010 and we designated the name Parrot House since the previous owners established feeders that attracted several species of feral parrots that still visit daily.  The landscaping of live oaks, Royal Palms, Sabal Palms and coconut trees creates an oasis where there are still moments when all is silent and no air planes fly overhead and you can still feel the essence of the early 20th century on the grounds.

Fort Lauderdale Fire House & Safety Museum

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Circa 1927

1022 W Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Sailboat Bend

1927 Mediterranean Revival

After the 1926 hurricane hit Fort Lauderdale, architect Francis Abreu was engaged by the city in 1927 to build the beautiful Mediterranean styled Station 3.  This beautiful historic building, revived by volunteers as a 1920s fire station and education center, features an entry rotunda with a chandelier, wood beam ceilings, crown molding, inlaid tile eyebrow windows, gathering room fireplace, period furnishings in  rooms – bedroom, restroom and kitchen and an outside fountain that served as a water source for horses.   Featured exhibits showcase the service of firefighters since 1912, their uniforms, equipment and photos of their courageous service.  The visiting children learn fire prevention and escape methods.  Most exciting to the visitors are the two historic fire engines and the fire alarm exhibit showing how the fire station functioned in the 1920s.

 

Casa de Colee

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Circa 1938

1615 SE 4th Street, Fort Lauderdale
Colee Hammock

1938 Mediterranean Revival

Authentic 1938 Spanish Mediterranean Revival home offers thick stucco walls, colorful glazed Cuban tile floors, Miami-Dade beamed vaulted ceilings, a wood burning fireplace and a gated portico entry. Selectively updated, restored, and renovated, this home boasts a formal foyer, a private bank of guest rooms, a secluded master and two well-proportioned lounges for entertaining. The breakfast room with vaulted ceiling offers a wall of windows facing an intimate and secluded little courtyard.

Stevens/Rogow Family Home

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Circa 1949 - 1951

1001 NE 34th Court, Oakland Park


Mid-Century Modern

This mid-century Oakland Park home was built between 1949 - 1951 by the great aunt and uncle of the current owner and has been in his family continuously for 68 years.  The Stevens family were pioneers in Oakland Park, and two-family homes from the 1920s and 30s still stand a few blocks from the Stevens home.  Mr. Stevens' mother, Caryl Stevens, has served as mayor of Oakland Park, and is hosting visitors on the tour.  Historic photos show the Stevens family in the home since its construction.While the home has been modified over the years, notably by enclosing a screened in porch and carport to create more living space, the overall footprint is unchanged.  Note the two bedrooms extend out from the house to allow for windows on three sides, a must before air conditioning.  The kitchen, while modern, is in 50s style, with boomerang formica countertops and bright yellow cabinets.  The formal living/dining area is decorated in classic mid-century style, and is divided by an open partition - also original to the house. 

Southwest Tranquil Garden

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Circa 1951

720 SW 14th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale
Riverside Park

Masonry Vernacular

This 1950’s masonry vernacular home purchased in 1982 by the current residents has been a labor of love for over three decades. The owners have infused Asian principles of peace, simplicity, proportion and destination into its landscaping, pathways, lighting, statuary, seating areas, chimes and water features throughout the interior and exterior. All of these elements have been carefully selected and positioned to provide a sense of serenity for current residents and their guests. The fusion of original architecture and Asian influence at their Southwest 14th Terrace residence inspired the owners to refer to their inviting home as SW Tranquil Gardens.

Sans Souci South

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Circa 1953

730 N Victoria Park Road, Fort Lauderdale
Victoria Park

Mid - Century Modern

This 1700 square foot Mid Century Modern home was recently purchased by its current owners who named it Sans Souci South (meaning without worries, or carefree).  It is a second, vacation home for the current owners, who are collectors of mid century furniture and furnishings.  Included in the home are pieces by Paul McComb, Hans Wegner, Marcel Breuer and Russel Wright (one of the owners is an attorney and represented Russel Wright).  The house has many of the elements which are emblematic of the mid century style:  over-hanging roofs, large picture windows, curved white brick walls, a volume living room ceiling with a canter-levered indirectly lit vault, a soaring white brick fireplace, trapezoidal open space rooms, a white brick room divider with built-in storage, and an open curved-wall kitchen.  The house retains its original footprint and form, except that at some point the rear screened porch was enclosed and the original terrazzo floors were covered with tile.  A prior owner also installed 40 solar panels on the center pitched roof, which makes air conditioning the home very economical (i.e. sans souci).

 

 

Victoria Key

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Circa 1958

1715 NE 5th Court, Fort Lauderdale
Victoria Park

Masonry Vernacular

“Victoria Key” (named for the owners’ two loves; Victoria Park and Key West) is a classic single-story 1958 Florida ‘Cottage’ style Masonry single family house.  The fashion of the late 1950’s in is part of Fort Lauderdale is characterized by low-slung Bermuda style white ceramic tile roofs.  This property has an inset front porch and originally had added on a garage to the back of the house, probably in the early 1960’s.  Not many examples of this style are left thanks to development.

 The story goes a young architect wanted to show his love for his new wife and designed and had built this house for her. Thirty-five years later he would pass away and she, being so heartbroken, had to sell the house as every time she saw it, it remained her of her lost love. The next two owners would make updates and minor improvements but it wasn’t until the current owners that it was transformed into a lush little resort like oasis.

 The house and property today are an updated, open floor plan with open large kitchen space and vast views throughout the main house.  A bright open and airy space, this original structure was doubled in square footage, now a total of nearly 2900 sq ft with 3 master suites, each with en suite. A breezeway connects from the main house to a second space (the separate 3rd suite). With a heated pool, spa, tanning shelf, lush grounds, the yard is serene, private and secluded. It shows respect for the past, and looks toward the future to make it a livable space for many years to come. 

 

 

 

 

Circa 1938

525 Coral Way, Fort Lauderdale, 33301

Parrot Hall

“This Elegant and Rare Vintage 1930's Bermuda Style Colonial Waterfront Estate located on one of the most beautiful Las Olas isles. This historic mansion has been restored to the highest standards while preserving the home's Vintage character and charm. 14 luxurious rooms wrap around a resort-like pool, tropical gardens and 100 ft. of waterfront.

 

 

 

 

We are sorry to report this beautiful house is no longer on this year's tour.

West Finca

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Circa 1924

1447 SW Grand Drive, Fort Lauderdale
Riverside Park

Masonry/Wood Vernacular

Secluded Tidewater Creek Pioneer Family Finca – Riverside Park

The Freeman/West family is an early South Florida pioneer family having moved here in 1887. The C.J. West’s built the home, from commercial plans, a two-story wood vernacular bungalow in 1924. The home is constructed of Dade County pine. A concrete ranch house styled finca was designed by their son, Cappy West while he was on the war-torn beaches of Hollandia, New Guinea during World War II. He and Grayce (Pat) Perrin West completed building their home in 1948. Patsy West inherited the finca and is the daughter of Cappy and Grayce West. An ethno historian, author, and curator, Patsy lives on the family’s acre in the finca with her son and his family.

Patsy is graciously opening her home for this year’s Holiday Historic Home Tour. A mix of eclectic finds, the home is often called a “museum.” West’s décor features traditional art, ethnic art, Victorian furniture, family heirlooms and artifacts. With a beautiful collection of vintage glassware, Patsy also adorned the main living room with vintage glass Christmas tree ornaments. The yard is a maze of wooded paths which wind and crawl around the natural tropical hammock. You will feel as if you have stepped back in time surrounded by the native and exotic plants that call this their home, too. Ferns and bromeliads and open pavilions enable our guests to enjoy the sights and sounds and you will be amazed as you walk under the oak and mango trees festooned with hundreds of orchids. Relax under the pavilion and enjoy the breeze as you gaze upon more surprises - a couple of salvaged cannons and a Miccosukee Indian chickee - all by the ebb and flow of the historic tidal creek that borders two sides of the property.